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Top 25 Tips To Deter Burglars – Home Security Tips

25 Ways to Protect a Home from Burglars | All Guard Alarm

Unfortunately, property crimes is rising in the San Francisco Bay Area. So you probably have wondered how to make your house safe from burglars? Some of the best deterrents for burglars are not expensive; they are simply small changes to everyday habits. Not every burglar is a career criminal. Many burglaries are performed by people who live in the neighborhood and see an opportunity to easily brake into a house. Do not let your home be that easy target! Here are the top 25 tips to deter burglars:

    1. Get the right door. Of all the home safety tips to prevent burglary, this might be the most basic and important. Make sure each exterior door is solid core or metal so that thieves cannot easily kick the door in. A burglar is going to enter your home through a door or window, so it makes sense to make sure your home’s doors and windows are as safe as possible.
    2. Make sure your front door has a peep hole. Always know exactly who you are letting into your home before you open the door.
    3. Remove flyers from your doorstep. A build up of pizza and Chinese takeout menus in the front step will tip burglars off that you have been away from home for a while.
    4. Landscape smart. While it might be more private to have scrubs blocking the street view or directly in front of windows, these common landscaping decisions give thieves a place to hide and break into your home without being seen.
    5. Keep your home’s landscaping neat and trimmed. Messy landscaping tells burglars you are away, don’t care about your home security, and gives them more places to hide.

Tips to deter Burglars - Keep your home’s landscaping neat and trimmed

  1. Be light savvy. Put your home’s lights on a timer to simulate that someone is home without leaving the lights on and wasting energy.
  2. Make it seem like you do not live alone. If you notice someone outside you home, act like you are talking to some one inside or saying good-bye.
  3. Do not put boxes for expensive appliances or electronics on the curb. Not only might a thief want to steel your stuff, they might get the idea that you have a lot of other things to steal.
  4. Don’t make it easy to get to second floor windows. If you have a ladder, do not leave it in your yard. Many thieves are just looking for an easy opportunity.
  5. Get a home alarm system. There are so many reason to get a home security system: the very presence of an alarm system will deter burglars, you can monitor your home when you away, security systems provide fire protection, and having a security system will lower your homeowners insurance.
  6. Do not store jewelry or cash in your bedroom. Build a secret hiding place for expensive valuables valuables.

Tips to deter Burglars - Don't leave jewelery and money in bedroom | All Guard Alarm

  1. A stuffed mailbox is a red flag. Have the post office hold your mail when you go out of town to avoid alerting criminals that you are away.
  2. Don’t leave Facebook status updates or Twitter messages saying that you are away. While that picture from Tahiti would make the perfect cover shot, wait until you get home to post it. Burglars check social media pages to target vacant homes.
  3. Outdoor lighting gives burglars no place to hide. Thieves want to break into your home un-noticed; outdoor lights make it more difficult for thieves to approach your property.
  4. Load the car in the garage. Again, you do not want to advertise to the neighborhood that you will be away from home for an extended period of time. Park the car quickly or do it out of sight.
  5. Reinforce your doorjambs if you have weak door frames. When an intruder kicks in a door, it is usually not the door that breaks but the doorjamb. Reinforce this area with a strike plate. Don’t forget to reinforce your door from the garage. This is a prime spot for thieves braking into a home.
  6. Protect vulnerable sliding doors. Use a wooden dowel or metal bar for sliding doors and windows so they can’t be pried open.

Tips to deter Burglars - Don't leave jewelery and money in bedroom | All Guard Alarm

  1. Secure your home’s windows. Double glazed or toughened glass windows will be harder for thieves to break. Make sure all of your windows have sturdy locks.
  2. Smartphones are a smart choice. Choose a system that you can control and monitor remotely from your smartphone.
  3. Mow your lawn! Thieves might think you are on vacation if your lawn becomes overgrown.
  4. Get a dog. You do not have to get a big intimidating dog to deter burglars. Small, yappy dogs are just as effective at scaring criminals away. Overall, a dog is one of the best deterrents for burglars.

Tips to deter Burglar - Get a Guard Dog | All Guard Alarm

  1. Close your garage door. Why leave a major entrance open and let thieves see all the great stuff that they can steel? Also, the door leading from the garage into the house is often not as secure as the front door.
  1. Don’t hide keys. Whether the key is under the mat, in a fake rock, or above the door frame, crooks know these spots. Protecting your house from burglars is as easy as not giving them a key in the first place.
  2. Be neighborly. Get to know your neighbors. Once you get to know them, you can watch each other’s homes, move cars, and take papers and advertisements off front porches when on vacation. It never hurts to have another set of eyes watching your home while you are away.
  3. Use your alarm system. Even the most sophisticated alarm system cannot protect your home if you do not use it. Arm your alarm system every time you leave your home.

Tips to deter Burglars - Don't leave your garage open | All Guard Alarm

Now that you know how to make your house safe from burglars, it is time to put some of these tips in action. There is no need to overwhelm yourself by trying to implement all of the home security tips at once. Just pick the two or three that are easiest to accomplish and work on those. Then implement two or three more tips every month until your home is the safest on the block. For more information on home security systems contact All Guard Alarm Systems today!


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